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Pornography in America : a reference handbook
Slade, Joseph W.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2000]

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xiii, 349 pages ; 24 cm.
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A complete overview of this volatile subject, treating pornographic genres as cultural resources, sorting out issues, illuminating controversies, and framing the debate.

* Biographical sketches focus on noted figures in the controversy such as Lenny Bruce, Andrea Dworkin, and Larry Flynt

* Includes a chronology, facts and statistics, and a listing of organizations on both sides of the issue

Author Notes

Joseph W. Slade is professor and director of graduate studies at the School of Telecommunications, Ohio University, Athens, OH.

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According to a 1998 article in the Economist, pornography generates an estimated revenue of $20 billion a year worldwide, of which the US accounts for $8 billion. In this volume in ABC-CLIO's "Contemporary World Issues" series, Slade (telecommunications, Ohio Univ.) provides a brief dispassionate overview of this sensitive sociopolitical issue. He addresses the cultural debate over pornography (a.k.a. erotica) while tracing its history and representation in various genres (magazines, literature, photography, films, electronic resources). Also offered is a chronology of key dates in porn, 500-1999, and biographical sketches of 25 individuals connected with sexual materials. Inexplicably, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione are not included. Major porn producer Reuben Sturman (born 1924) is, but Slade fails to report that he died in federal prison in 1997. The author fares better in covering significant court decisions, laws and legislation, and the economics of pornography. This research guide concludes with a directory of organizations, an annotated bibliography, and a glossary. An uneven overview of an important topic, targeted at undergraduates. D. K. Frasier Indiana University-Bloomington

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
1 Introductionp. 1
The Cultural Dynamics of Sexual Expressionp. 1
Cautious Definitionsp. 3
Pornography as Folklore, or Why Pornography Is Importantp. 5
Pornography as Technology: Learning Controlp. 7
Pornography, Communication, and Politics: Three Viewsp. 11
Pornography as Supporter of the Status Quop. 11
Pornography as Revolutionaryp. 13
Pornography as Market-driven Commodityp. 16
Public Decorum versus Private Fantasy: The Trashing of Mannersp. 18
The Feminist Critiquep. 23
Censorsp. 26
Research on Pornographyp. 30
Law and Sexual Representationp. 32
Criminal Aspects of Pornographyp. 36
Connections with Organized Crimep. 36
Child Pornographyp. 37
Notesp. 40
2 History and Genres of Pornographyp. 49
Sexual Speech and Folklorep. 49
Erotic Newspapers and Magazinesp. 56
Erotic Literaturep. 65
Erotic Artp. 73
Erotic Performancep. 81
Erotic Photographyp. 91
Erotic Motion Pictures and Videotapesp. 100
Erotic Electronic Mediap. 109
Dial-a-Porn Servicesp. 109
Broadcastingp. 110
Cablecasting and Satellitesp. 113
Computers and the Internetp. 115
Notesp. 119
3 Chronologyp. 141
4 Biographical Sketchesp. 167
5 Documents and Statisticsp. 203
Court Decisionsp. 203
Regina v. Hicklinp. 203
People v. Dorisp. 204
Mutual Film Corp. v. Industrial Commission of Ohiop. 204
Halsey v. New York Society for the Suppression of Vicep. 205
United States v. One Book Called "Ulysses,"p. 206
United States v. One Book Entitled Ulysses by James Joyce (Random House Inc.)p. 206
Hannegan, Postmaster General v. Esquire, Inc.p. 207
Joseph Burnstyn, Inc., v. Wilson, Commissioner of Education of New Yorkp. 208
Butler v. Michiganp. 209
Roth v. United Statesp. 209
Excelsior Pictures Corp. v. Regents of the University of the State of New Yorkp. 211
Kingsley Int'l Pictures Corp. v. Regents of the University of the State of New Yorkp. 211
Smith v. Californiap. 212
Manual Enterprises, Inc., v. Day, Postmaster Generalp. 212
Jacobellis v. Ohiop. 213
Ginzburg v. United Statesp. 214
Memoirs v. Massachusettsp. 214
Redrup v. New Yorkp. 215
Stanley v. Georgiap. 215
Miller v. Californiap. 216
Paris Adult Theatre v. Slatonp. 217
Jenkins v. Georgiap. 218
Young, Mayor of Detroit, v. American Mini-Theatres, Inc.p. 219
FCC v. Pacifica Foundationp. 219
Schad v. Borough of Mt. Ephraimp. 221
American Booksellers Association, Inc., v. William H. Hudnut III, Mayor, City of Indianapolisp. 222
American Booksellers, Inc., v. Commonwealth of Virginiap. 223
Renton v. Playtime Theatresp. 224
Barnes v. Glen Theater, Inc.p. 225
Jacobson v. United Statesp. 226
Alexander v. United Statesp. 226
Austin v. United Statesp. 227
American Civil Liberties Union v. Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United Statesp. 227
Janet Reno v. ACLUp. 228
Laws and Legislationp. 228
The First Amendment (1791)p. 228
The Fourteenth Amendment (1868)p. 229
The Indianapolis Ordinance (1984)p. 229
Section 2257, 18 U.S. Code (1995)p. 230
The Communications Decency Act (1996)p. 231
Reportsp. 231
The Report of the President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (1970)p. 231
The Report of the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography (1986)p. 232
The Economics of Pornographyp. 234
Pornographic Magazines and Booksp. 234
Pornographic Films and Videosp. 236
Broadcast and Cable Mediap. 237
Dial-a-Porn Servicesp. 237
The Internetp. 238
Performancep. 239
Notesp. 240
6 Directory of Organizationsp. 243
7 Print and Nonprint Reference Materialsp. 261
Booksp. 261
Bibliographiesp. 290
Essays in Edited Volumesp. 293
Magazine and Journal Articlesp. 296
Periodicalsp. 301
Videotapes and Filmsp. 302
Glossaryp. 309
Indexp. 321
About the Authorp. 351